Backup Up Your Files

One of the most important parts of keeping good backups is figuring out what you should back up. Although this is something that varies from person to person,  important files most often include office documents, favorites or bookmarks, pictures, and email. Use the guides below, and refer to Archiving, Exporting, & Importing or Backing Up and Restoring, and Backing Up Browser Settings for instructions on backing up these files.
PC File Locations

In Windows, most of your important files are located in your profile folder. Use the following steps to locate these files:

    Click the Start menu in the lower left, and then select My Computer.
    The My Computer window opens, which lists all of your available drives.
    Double-click your system drive (the drive that contains your windows installation). This is usually the C: drive.
    Double-click the Documents and Settings folder.
    In the Documents and Settings folder, double-click the folder with the same name as your username.
    This is your profile folder.
    In your profile folder, you see a Desktop folder and a My Documents folder. These are the most common locations for your office documents and picture files.
    Copy both of these to your backup location.

Mac File Locations

In Mac OS X, most of your important files are located in your home directory. Use the foloowing steps to locate these files:

    Double-click your system drive, usually in the upper-right hand corner of your desktop.
    A finder window opens.
    Click the Home icon at the top to open your home directory.
    In your home directory, you see Documents, Desktop and Pictures folders. Copy these to your backup locations. It also is useful to copy other folders in the home directory, such as Music, Movies or Library. If you are unsure of what files to back up, Apple recommends backing up your entire home directory.

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